DWI charge against state Senator Cunningham dismissed after prosecutors say they lack evidence


A driving while intoxicated charge against state Senator Sandra Cunningham (D-31) was dismissed this morning in Bergen County Superior Court after prosecutors said they lacked evidence to prove their case.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Cunningham, 71, was charged with DWI and careless driving on March 4th, 2021, after sideswiping two parked cars near her home in Jersey City around 9:30 a.m.

The state senator of the 31st Legislative District had her case dismissed after a brief virtual hearing on Thursday, which is not a complete surprise since issues with discovery were brought up during a hearing in June.

She also pleaded guilty to careless driving and paid a $150 fine.

Police body camera footage from the incident showed that she declined a field sobriety test and asked for Public Safety Director James Shea to come to the scene.

Cunningham was re-elected to her fifth term last year and the case did not impact her bid, facing no primary opponent and securing about 75 percent of the vote in the general election.


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